The City of Logan will do the honors in hosting the West Virginia Municipal League’s Board of Directors meeting this October.
That was one of the big announcements made Tuesday night at City Hall during the August meeting of the City Council. The August meeting was delayed by one week.
Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti said the board meeting will be a major coup for the town, and will give Logan an opportunity to show off the world famous Hatfield -McCoy Trails and the Chief Logan State Park Convention Center to mayors from across the Mountain State.
The League met in Wheeling earlier this month and two Logan County mayors were appointed to the board- Nolletti and Man Mayor Jim Blevins, along with Madison Mayor Sonny Howell.
Nolletti was also honored by the League with their Quiet Strength award, which is the highest honor the League can give an active mayor. Nolletti was chosen for his services to the city and the league since 2007.
“He did not know he was going to receive it,” noted City Clerk Amber Miller Viars.
It was the second time that the City of Logan had received an award from the League, the first being a few years ago when the annual Freedom Festival was honored.
“This is the first time ever that Logan has been honored with hosting a board meeting and we are planning on going all out,” Nolletti said, pointing out that he would need help from the council and the city employees in making the event a memorable one for the visitors. Nolletti noted that the two day visit will include a trail ride on the Hatfield-McCoy Trails as well as a special dinner at the Logan County Airport.
“The Logan Shrine Club will be doing the cooking we hope,” he added. “This is a big thing for us to have all those mayors here and we want to showcase our town. It will also pump some money into the local economy bringing in so many visitors.”
First on the agenda was the July check registry which came in at $122,000. Usually the town’s monthly bills are in the $80,000 a month range. “Our workers comp is in there and our liability insurance premium is also in there,” explained City Accountant Jeff Valet, who explained that one of those bills added $22,000 to the tally and another added $20,000. The town also had to pay $10,000 for tipping fees to Waste Management.
“We could always use more money,” Valet quipped noting that recent raises to garbage bills and business and occupation taxes had not come in yet in any appreciable way.
City Clerk Amber Miller Viars noted that the Freedom Fest got rained out this year on the date when a 5 kilometer run and car show were scheduled but those events were rescheduled for Sept. 12. Registration starts today and the entry fee is $30. Both events will take place on Midelburg Island.
The Main Street Parking Garage is expected to have an official reopening coming next Monday, Mayor Nolletti noted.
Mayor Nolletti confirmed that the City of Logan will be affected by a recent mandate passed by the state requiring all municipalities that provide their own water treatment services have a treated water storage facility and a raw water storage facility.
“We know we will be affected by that, but we don’t know much more than that,” noted Mayor Nolletti, who pointed out the topic was brought up last week at the Town of Man’s council meeting.
Nolletti said Mi Pueblito, the new Mexican restaurant in downtown Logan, has been doing a brisk business since opening a few weeks back. The facility, located at the old Oddfellows building just down the alley from the Hot Cup, will be having their official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Tues., Aug. 25 at 1:30 p.m.
“We are very pleased to have them in town,” Nolletti said.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.